Consider this…Your life as a Christian is not about all the dos and don’ts recorded in the Bible – it is about your relationship with Jesus Christ. You will miss everything if you can only see “the rules.” The commands in God’s Word are good and needed, but the real attraction ought to be Jesus! Some may say, “Amen! I can do what I want!” Yet, many others will say, “Not true! A Christian is commanded to obey the Lord!” Don’t misunderstand the direction of this vital focus for the believer. It is true that the believer must obey the Lord and give the Lord the preeminence in his life in all things (Col. 1:16-18). However, this obedience is really the outflow of a relationship with Jesus. Such obedience will come in response to a genuine relationship with your Savior. Think about the scriptures: “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15), “…love the Lord thy God with all your heart…” (Mtt. 22:37-39), and “We love Him because He first loved us” (I Jn. 4:19). The Lord initiated a relationship with you! Ignore the relationship you are to have with Jesus and you will ignore greater depth and blessing from Jesus. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ requires you to follow Him in a relationship of love – a relationship that will manifest your obedience to Him. Discipleship requires the ultimate relationship! How’s your relationship with the Lord today? Start with a step of victory and come to church this Sunday…I’ll be looking for you!
Living one step at a time,
Pastor Gary Holloway